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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Michael Jordan Donates $5 Million

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) Michael Jordan and his Jordan brand were mostly silent on matters related to the African-American community until recently. Many were upset because they feel that the black community contributes to most of the yearly profits that the brand takes in. After the recorded killings of unarmed African-American citizens like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Michael Jordan recently broke his silence and issued a statement commenting on the deaths of black people by police. Now Jordan has taken his comments a step further by donating five million dollars to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Jordan's donation also includes a jersey that he wore during the 1996 NBA finals, which will be added to the museum's permanent collection. Along with that, the museum will be dedicating a portion of their sports gallery to the retired NBA player by calling it the Michael Jordan Hall. Jordan gave a statement saying "I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum. I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.” In the exhibit, Jordan will be featured among other African American athletes who broke barriers in their sport like Jesse Owens and Althea Gibson.

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